Here at The Beeches Primary School we pride ourselves on getting children ready for modern Britain. As a school we make sure the children are exposed to experiences wider than their local community to deepen their understanding and build a platform for new knowledge. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and practiced in our everyday curriculum and school ethos through the following ideals:
How does the school promote democracy?
We value the voice of all children, parents and staff as we believe everybody should be heard. At The Beeches our main part of democracy can be seen through our school council made up of 2 children from Years 1-6. Here the children regularly meet with the Deputy Head Teacher to share new ideas, discussing current issues and developing new school policies. This empowers them to make a difference and take pride in their own learning.
In our teaching and learning, opportunities are sought to educate children on current affairs. For example, in 2016 the school used class assemblies to discuss democracy related to the EU referendum. The children also celebrated Parliament Week where they learnt about MP’s and the House of Commons.
Throughout the year, additional opportunities allowed the children to further their understanding of democracy through our broad and balanced curriculum. This included: visits to the town hall, house days, ICT champion elections and parent events.
How does the school promote the rule of law?
We involve our children in setting codes of behaviour, learning to take responsibility for their actions through our Core Values;
Articulate, Collaborative, Caring, Curious, Resilient, Reflective and Excellent.
Positive behaviour is highly praised in our school through our House system of mythical creatures and the children are taught and practice these values daily.
Rule of Law is also explored through the curriculum with visits from the local Police department and sometimes visits to the local courts. The children in Year 6 have recently explored the role of the Police by discussing crime, prevention and law.
How does the school promote individual liberty?
As a school we implement a freedom of choice within the curriculum and developing individuality. Children can suggest their own ideas in learning at the beginning of a topic taking control over what they would like to know more about. We also offer a variety of after school clubs which the children can choose to attend to develop themselves.
Different views are welcomed in discussions such as the School Council and new policies being implemented within the whole school. Roles are delegated throughout school such as reading buddies, champions for Houses and our daily register monitor to name a few. Children are much the influence on the running of our school and as teachers, we take this on board fully.
How does the school promote mutual respect and tolerance to different faiths and beliefs?
As a multicultural school, we pride ourselves in readying the children for a society of different beliefs and views. Through R.E lessons particularly, the children explore different cultures and beliefs as well as regular visits to different places of worship.
The school employs Family Support Workers to work alongside parents from different cultures to ensure we have a harmonious and welcoming school community. Differences are celebrated, and through our language ambassadors, new children settle to life at The Beeches quickly.
As a school, we believe that the staff play a large role in modelling respectful behaviour. Through our policy, staff act as positive role-models.